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VMware Extends Internet of Things Strategy with New Edge Computing Solutions

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by Angela Guess

According to a recent press release, “VMware, Inc. unveiled the next chapter of its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy which will focus on delivering new edge computing solutions for specific use cases including Asset Management and Smart Surveillance. These edge solutions will feature VMware vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software, VMware vSphere and VMware Pulse IoT Center, and will be developed in collaboration with industry-leading partners including Axis Communications and Wipro Limited, among others. VMware sees unique requirements and environments at the edge and will address them through use case specific solutions spanning: (1) Industrial remote IoT use cases such as oil well optimization, utility grids, and smart city use cases where the things reside in ruggedized, disparate, outdoor and often times, remote locations with inconsistent network and power; (2) Factory and plants in support of closed networks, ruggedized indoor environments; and, (3) Branches and in-stores in support of unique space and power requirements and coordinated across many stores.”

The release goes on, “IoT introduces a new wrinkle in today’s centralized data center/cloud model. A new class of cost-effective edge infrastructure is required to process data inputs from millions or even billions of IoT endpoints that are separated from the core data center or the public cloud by bandwidth. This new infrastructure must be simple to manage as there are no IT specialists at the edge; cost-effective as the volume of edge installations is large; and, scalable to allow edge installations to grow over time. ‘By 2022, as a result of digital business projects, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralized data center or cloud, which is an increase from less than today’s 10%,’ according to Gartner. Local analytics offer faster response times, reduced storage costs, and an optimum use of bandwidth while also supporting data privacy and compliance requirements.”

Read more at Globe Newswire.

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